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Concert Review: Alpine at Great Scott in Allston, MA

October 18, 2013 by  
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October 15, 2013
Great Scott – Allston, MA

Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber Read more

Show Preview: Sinnet EP Release Party at Great Scott in Allston, MA

August 14, 2013 by  
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a4199075846_2The sun may be setting on summer, but Sinnet’s not ready for you to put away the bikinis and beach umbrellas quite yet.  They just dropped a bright new EP, Year of the Whale, a radiant follow-up to 2012’s moodier Midwest Manners

Spransy has traded crawly chords for catchy cadence, highlighted most acutely at the beginning of the final(and title) track,Year of the Whale.”  It starts in a hollow, echoey sounding room with a simple piano in the style of the last LP, when in-jumps the caffeinated disco drums, effortless bass, and bubbling guitar, carrying off into a full-on pop-rock song.  Considering what a departure the new sound is from the old, they may as well have just pulled down your underwear and screamed “gotcha!” before running away laughing.  Sinnet’s evolving style coats still-haunting lyrics and beautiful melodies in a rich new glaze, glowing with precious dregs of the season’s warmth. 

Don’t miss the EP release party this Saturday, August 17th, at Great Scott, where you can pick up the new digital release.  Better yet, grab yourself the 7” limited-release vinyl pressing and keep your Allston street-cred in tact.

Concert Review: Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside at Great Scott in Allston, MA

Untitled-1Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
July 21, 2013
Great Scott – Allston, MA

Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber

Listen up greasers and paper shakers, quit toolin’ around in your hopped up wheels and check it: this band out of Portland is boss, and I’m wiggin’ out over their new album!  I’m gonna play their record at the soda shoppe on my next shift.  My candyass boss is gonna flip his lid!  Hey man, don’t be such a square – if you don’t love ‘em, look – I’ll let you gimme a wet willie.

With Sallie Ford decked in a vintage blue dress, polka-dot keds, flashy cat-eye specs, and a mint chocolate chip Fender, her style and knee-swivels were certainly consistent with her sound – a modernized 60’s doo-wop/rockabilly/surf-pop blend with vocals that crossed somewhere between a less quirky Regina Spektor and a less deranged Karen O.  That’s not to say that Ford is just a neutered version of these two women – she’s not without her own eccentricities – a mix of flirty, grungy, and hip that oozes Portland.  What could easily become kitchy or ingenuine never crosses that line – she’ll toy with country ballads like in “Paris,” give tongue-in-cheek nods to 60s bubblegum like in “Do Me Right,” make you swoon with sultry tracks like “They Told Me” and “Shivers,” or just give some good ol’ fashioned in-your-face tough-chick badassness like in their single “Party Kids.”  If Ford were straight-up copy-catting the sound of half a century ago it’d be easy to balk, but she rarely lets her voice get too saccharin or cloyingly cutesy, instead rasping at the ends of most phrasing.  She mixes in just the right amount of fuzz and filth to elevate it from gimmicky to fleshy, and in that repurposing she proves herself a true Portland starlet. Read more

Contest: Win Tix To See Grouplove at Great Scott on June 15th!

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Contests, Daily Music News

Alright Allston/Bostonian music lovers!  Atlantic Records recording artists Grouplove are coming to Great Scott on  June 15th.  Who wants to go?  We have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky music enthusiast – should it be you?

Grouplove released their self-titled EP earlier this year and you might have caught their performance on Carson Daly last night!  To find out more about the band, head over to their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!

To enter:  Send an email to with subject “Grouplove“.  Please include your name, email address and phone number.  One winner will be selected at random and notified on June 13th.  Tickets are non-transferable.  Please visit the venue website for any age restrictions.


Listen To Patrick Stump’s New EP “Truant Wave”; Boston Tour Date Announced

February 22, 2011 by  
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Patrick Stump is currently streaming his new EP Truant Wave on his Facebook PageAll you have to do is “like” it to listen. 

Patrick will be performing at Great Scott in Allston, MA on April 4th.  Tickets go on sale on February 25th, hit up Great Scott’s website for all the info.

Patrick Stump is currently streaming his new EP Truant Wave

Patrick Stump is currently streaming his new EP Truant Wave

Patrick Stump is currently streaming his new EP Truant Wave